The copper rose is an easy, affordable project that requires minimal time or tools to make.  
        I have always wanted to learn how to work with metal but never really had the tools or the time to practice making anything. So, when I finally found a project that is cheap, easy to make, and requires barely any tools, I started filling my house with them. These metal roses make awesome decorations for your house and even awesomer gifts to anyone worthy of your affection. 

As far as materials go, all you need is 2 small pieces of 22 gauge sheet metal (1 copper and 1 steel) and a steel rod measuring 1/4" in diameter and 1 foot in length. You can buy both at Home Depot.

And for tools you will need:
A hammer
2 pairs of pliers, 1 needle nose and 1 flat head
Tin snips
A drill with a 1/4" bit
A chisel
A file
And a friend with a welder

Step 1: Cut Out Pattern on Paper

          Print out the attached file of the petals onto an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. The pattern should take up basically your whole sheet. Cut out the shapes given. On the petals, (the propeller looking thingees), cut down to the edge of the middle circle but don't detach the individual petals from the center circle.
<p>Great instructable! Here's one I made by alternating copper and brass with brass-rod stem and copper leaves. </p><p>One <br> Tip: I couldn't get the texturing with a chisel to work at all as it <br>kept bending the metal (although this worked real nice for the sepal and <br> leaves) so I ran the petals along my angle grinder with a cutting wheel <br> instead. This textured them nice and random, and it was pretty much <br>effortless too :)</p>
<p>It looks GREAT! Better than I could do.....</p>
<p>A good way to get the texture you're looking for is... if you have an electric drill, screwdriver or dremel with the round wire brush disk shaped attachment turn it on and just let the little bristles of the disk lightly run down the petals tilt your hand to control the direction you want the designs to go in. much easier and you can pick one up under $20.00 at harbor freight</p>
<p>I should mention that I used solder to secure the pedals, and a combination of wire wrapping and solder on the leaves.</p>
Don't list a &quot;friend&quot; with a welder!!!!Between my welder/torches,and my car hauling trailer,I have more friends than I can handle already!Just kidding,this is an awesome project,Very beautiful!
<p>Love it - have a truck and a trailer and know about friends!</p>
<p>This was a great project to do. My wife absolutely loved it. Next time I think I'll add the candle holder leaves on the stem. Or maybe alternating metals like one of the posters before. Thanks for the excellent ideas!</p>
This was a first for me. Plan on making a few more. Thank you for the ideas.
Here's mine. I'd made a couple steel ones but working with copper was a first for me so it was a lot of fun.
<p>That looks awesome! Thanks for sharing</p>
<p>I made a couple just on my own and didnt quite like thow they were ending up, found your instructible and got her down now, just wanted to say thanks. I put my own spin on the stem though, used an old painted coat hanger, cut top off folded it in half, then put it in a vice and twisted it up with a drill and then gave it a quick sand with emory cloth and then wrapped both sides with solid copper wire, the leaf's not on this one yet but it will be attached by winding copper as well.</p>
<p>Used 24 Gauge Brass and 1/4&quot; copper pipe from home depot. I would use 22 gauge next time as it would be easier to cut and manipulate. I crimped the end of the pipe, slid in the layers, and crimped the other end to keep everything in place. Make sure the pedals are bent up TIGHT before proceeding to the next layer it was an oversight on my part. Besides that. Enjoy and take your time. Great instructions very easy to follow</p><p>ALWAYS USE GLOVES AND SAFETY GOGGLES. </p>
<p>Hi! Very nice! I was thinking the same idea of putting it into a &quot;preservation&quot; vase. DId you make it or did you buy it? How did you make the rose stand? Thanks alot!</p>
<p>I don't have a welder so I used tubing from the hardware store for stems. I crushed one end slightly so it wasn't round. drilled holes in the center of each of the petal parts. I then put a little JB weld in the end of the crushed tube and used a sheet metal screw to attach the petals to the stem. Arranged them properly and let it set over night. I also didn't want to do all the texturing so i skipped that part. turns out that covers up all the scratches made by the bending and cutting process so I covered it up by painting the inner parts of the petal with purple paint. My wife's favorite color. It came out streaky which I thought looked pretty cool. She loved them. Thanks for the directions. They Made a wonderful anniversary gift and only took a dozen hours or so to make.</p>
I took the patterns and enlarged them 20%, used 6-32 threaded brass rod for the inner stem, soldered brass nuts top and bottom. Textured the petals with a sharpened weld chipping hammer. Cut the veins in the sepal and leaves with a blunted chisel. Annealed in an acidic bath with suspended carbon. The outer stem is the outside strands of #2 AWG electric wire. I think it came out pretty good
<p>I wasn't able to find copper at Home Depot, Lowes, or Walmart so I opted for 26 gauge zinc coated steel from Home Depot. I made ten roses to mount on a board for my friend's room as wall art, 60 different pieces, lots of blood later and here's the finished product. I may make an instructable on how I mount them, we'll see.</p>
<p>check in the roofing section for copper. ask for copper flashing. $30 for 6inX10ft roll</p>
<p>Great instructable! Made it very easy to replicate. Thanks for sharing! I did find that using a small piece of heavier grit sandpaper, before using the chisel, to &quot;paint&quot; the petals added a more satin finish. Also it helped to move my finger along the contour of the petals and from the center outward to create a nice &quot;movement&quot; in them.</p>
This is my second attempt with a proper stem this time. you can see my first attempt by scrolling down.
So beatiful! Here's mine
<p>I like that you put it into the bulb! :: thumbs up ::</p>
How did you make the light bulb vase in your picture of your rose? It looks really cool!!! <br>
<p>This was great! I used copper everywhere except for the lower leaves (I used aluminum for that). I wasn't able to solder everything in place, so I crimped the tubing and that held it all together. I did the texturing by hitting the copper with the end of a crowbar, I tried using a chisel but it was too sharp. The base is attached with a friction fit and a little bit of hot glue. Made it for my fiance's birthday and she loves it! </p>
<p>Great Instructable, I made a rose about 7 yrs ago out of Stainless, only I cut each petal out individually into the shape of a teardrop, getting progressively bigger, then hammered it out on the anvil to shape it before tig welding it to a 1/4&quot; stainless rod. So I tried to make one like it out of copper, every time I would solder a petal on, one of the preivous ones would fall off, the way you did the petals would have solved that problem.</p>
Made a bunch of these. Copper mainly, but also tried Aluminum. I like the results.
wasnt easy to bend and shape using .9 mirrored stainless but it got done cheers for the inspiration
I made an aluminium one for my best friends 18th birthday in attempt no314 to get out of the friend zone. She loved it! Zone remains unchanged though... any more ideas? xD
I thought this was a great idea for my upcoming 7th anniversary. Mine was made of all copper, using a gauged copper pipe for the stem. Since it was hallow, I was able to crimp above and below the petals and sepal. Both crimps were hidden by the flower and sepal itself once everything was in place. <br><br>Also, I did not &quot;texture&quot; the petals, because i wanted to keep the finished product shiny.
I made mine out of aluminum
I have spent literally hours trying to sort out the materials for this, researching and sourcing online. We can't just waltz down to a hardware store in NZ and expect them to stock things like copper sheets or steel rods; and even if they did exist, they would be extremely expensive. <br><br>Anyway, I have a question I was hoping someone can answer. It's a lot cheaper to buy 0.1mm copper sheeting than it is to buy 0.5 or 0.8. Is that too thin? What would happen if I tried to shape petals with such thin metal? <br><br>Thanks in advance. Great instructable, and here's hoping I'll make the perfect 7th Wedding Anniversary gift successfully, and on time!
<p>Made with aluminum from a pizza tray and a turkey skewer for the stem. Sanded the petals with sandpaper to get a nice brushed aluminum look. </p>
<p>Used epoxy, didn't wait long enough to set up and I had to reglue halfway through shaping.</p>
<p>This was an awesome project to make. I did it a few days on my lunch period at work and for about an hour one night afterwards. Learned a lot while making the rose, imperfections are okay, they actually make the rose look more realistic. Made this for my wife for our 1 year anniversary. Thanks for the project and instructions!</p>
<p>it took longer than anticipated, but it was worth it!!!! hobby lobby was the only local place i could find that had the copper sheets in stock</p>
<p>I went right off of the patterns. They used up a 4&quot; x 12&quot; area of copper and the sepal and stem I did in stainless.</p><p>The stem was a tube that I turned down the end of to fit through all of the layers then spread to rivet them in place. I put a weld on it to make it more solid. I did like that some people were using screws and if I did another I would tap the inside of the tube and hold it all together with a screw. </p>
<p>Great project. I used a nickel stem and JB weld, but it worked out!</p>
Also.. I used a long 6 inch screw instead of welding it. Just drilled a hole through the center of all the petals, put the bolt through them and tightened 2 nuts at the back. Then smoothed out the shaft using my dremel and sanding drum.
Nice instructable! Thanks. <br>However I found making those lines on a thicker sheet of aluminium quite difficult. Maybe my chisel was blunt idk. It's turned out much better than I expected though.
Yay just in time for valentines day! Also a tip for anyone not skilled with forging or welding, I used a thin copper pipe as the stem so i didnt have to mess with any of that (just compress pipe to lock petals on).
<p>I have a welder but didn't use it. A 2 inch long bolt and a lock nut holds the petal layers together. A 1/2 x 1/4 copper sweat fitting hides the nut. 1/4 inch copper tubing threads onto the bolt. </p>
<p>Hey! Awesome project. I was just wondering if it is absolutely necessary to use 22 Gauge sheet? I've got some that sits around 27 Gauge, would rhat be right to use? </p>
The higher the gauge number, the thinner the metal is.
<p>You could definitely use 27 guage, it'll just be slightly harder. </p>
I could be wrong, but the higher gauge is the thinner the metal
it's pretty great! I removed the larger petal layer since i find it too big and I used brass instead of copper. Finished it by using a blowtorch over it and some slight polishing over it. The stem on mine is only 1.5&quot; long.<br>Thanks for sharing this project!
<p>this is gorgous!!! Thank you for sharing. </p>
<p>Great instructable, thank you!!</p><p>One does not weld copper you solder it!!</p><p>Technically copper does not &quot;rust&quot; but it can take on a patina and with acid you can turn it green, which might be interesting.</p><p>Once again very well done!!</p>
<p>I really enjoy seeing the creativity, inspiration and ingenuity this project has brought forth! Wonderful. I'm the &quot;friend with a Welder&quot; so, now I aim to get some Copper sheet and have a craft party with some of my friends. This project you've shared is gonna be a blast to make with a group. Especially with some wine involved! LOL!</p>
Can hardly wait to make me some! Thanks for the great directions

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